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  • What family lawyers were talking about this week…
    Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has promised action on the problem of the growing numbers of litigants in person in our courts, following the legal aid cuts last year. Speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference he said that he had persuaded colleagues at the Ministry of Justice to find a solution to the increasing... […]
    Aaron Watts
  • What family lawyers were talking about this week…
    After the feast last week, this week has been a bit of a famine. Still, there were one or two stories of note: As mentioned in this post, three council social workers have been criticised for “bias” by a judge asked to decide the future of a three-year-old boy whose mother had died. Judge Simon... […]
    Aaron Watts
  • Time to change how the courts handle domestic abuse
    Maybe this year will finally be the year of change for victims of domestic abuse and how the courts handle domestic abuse. On the 5th of January, we saw the second reading of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the House of Lords which will introduce, amongst others, a new definition of domestic abuse, extra protection... […]
    Sarah Jane Lenihan
  • Meet in the middle: Family Mediation Week 2021
    Family Mediation Week 2021 It is challenging to navigate the emotional and practical challenges that a relationship breakdown brings, especially when children are involved. Sadly, in January, we see a rise in enquiries for divorce and this year, factoring in a third lockdown, we are now witnessing enquiry levels rise by up to 67% compared... […]
    Sushma Kotecha
  • Sperm donation, an emerging legal minefield?
    What is the law regarding sperm donation?  Now living in a third lockdown, the far-reaching effects of the global pandemic on family life were highlighted in recent research (commissioned by Stowe) which revealed that 61% of single women surveyed said they were worried about their chances of having a family due to Covid-19. Of these,... […]
    Hollie Orgee
  • What is no-fault divorce – and should you wait for a no-fault divorce in the UK?
    The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill gained Royal assent on the 26th June 2020, ending years of campaigning to remove the need to blame one of the parties when seeking to divorce- allowing for no-fault divorce.  The new no-fault divorce law is due to be implemented in the autumn of 2021.  The campaign for no-fault... […]
    Julian Hawkhead
  • Does the new domestic abuse bill go far enough?
    The new domestic abuse bill The second reading of the new Domestic Abuse Bill is due to be heard tomorrow (Tuesday 5 January) in the House of Lords. The bill will introduce a new definition of domestic abuse, extra protection for victims and witnesses in court, and removes the so-called “rough sex” defence.  However, campaigners... […]
    Sarah Jane Lenihan
  • It’s NOT Divorce Day
    Please don’t make this Divorce Day Family lawyers always know when a new year has begun. The media report on an annual phenomenon called  Divorce Day. This is, I am led to believe, the first working Monday in January after the Christmas and New Year festivities when suddenly divorce enquiries will spike with various trite... […]
    Julian Hawkhead
  • Thoughts on Good Divorce Week…
    Once again, it is Good Divorce Week.  “Good” is perhaps not a word that most people would choose to describe divorce, and so it might seem like a strange concept.  Can getting divorced ever be good?  We asked Katie Kilburn, Senior Solicitor, and qualified collaborative lawyer who works across the Yorkshire region to share her... […]
    Katie Kilburn
  • Support for domestic abuse victims during lockdown
    As we mark White Ribbon Day (25th November) and the start of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism, we revisit a blog written by Shanika Varga, a Senior Solicitor at our office in Leeds who explains five ways victims can access support for domestic abuse during the lockdown Support for domestic abuse during lockdown Most... […]
    Shanika Varga-Haynes